Teaching Council of Ireland, Féilte 2015

Andy Homden presents at the Royal Dublin Society
Féilte TeachMeet 2015, October 3 2015
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Brilliant Physics Buskers!

The Teaching Council of Ireland held their annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence otherwise known as Féilte at the RDS on October 3, during which Andy Homden spoke at the Féilte TeachMeet session.

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Listening skills training at ISL

Peter Hudson at the International School of Lausanne for listening skills training.

August 19 – 21, 2015

FullSizeRender (004)Peter Hudson of Consilium Education and the Motivated Learning Trust recently spent three days at the International School of Lausanne at the start of the new school year. ISL is going through a period of growth in student numbers and is engaged in the development of a new Year Leader system in the secondary school.

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Building Future Learning Spaces

Exploring the future of school architecture

Building-Future-Learning-Spaces-TextLogoConsilium Education CEO, Andy Homden chaired Informa’s Building Future Learning Spaces conference held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai from March 23rd – 25th. Prakash Nair president of architects Fielding Nair International set the tone for the conference with an exhilarating address in which he challenged delegates to rethink their approach to the design of learning spaces in school. His plea was for flexibility in the use of space, which needed to open a child’s horizons rather than limit them with  the traditional “box and corridor” design.




Prakash Nair. Click for the National’s report

On Day 2 of the conference,the OECD’s  Alastair Blythe  examined the global evidence for the effect of architectural innovation on learning, presenting a convincing case for the kind of innovative practice advocated by Nair.

Other speakers focused on environmental issues, with a passionate plea from Sarfraz Dairkee,  secretary to the Emirates Green Building Council, for the adoption of passive climate control in the design of all future learning spaces in the GCC and MENA region. This approach makes sense not only from a “green” perspective, but also financially as running costs can be dramatically reduced.


Award winning teacher and leader, Dr. Farooq Wasil energetically examined the Evolution of Learning Spaces, which reflected his work in his Pedagogy: from Perception to Perspective, recently co-authored (2103) with Hemlata Thawani.






Educational Investment Conference

The challenges of opening an international school
The importance of training and recruitment

Andy Homden at the Educational Investment Conference 2013, interviewed for Dubai’s Channel 7 TV reporting on the development of Private Education in the Gulf.